Definition of Conestoga wagon in English:

Conestoga wagon

Pronunciation /ˌkänəˈstōɡə ˌwaɡən/ /ˌkɑnəˈstoʊɡə ˌwæɡən/


historical North American
  • A large covered wagon used for long-distance travel, typically carrying pioneers in the westward migration.

    ‘An 1895 trap carriage and a Conestoga wagon on a short stretch of plank road bracket a homemade airplane.’
    • ‘We no longer need bur oak groves to act as safety nets for Conestoga wagons heading west.’
    • ‘There were primitives, like a neat stair saw dated 1808, a Conestoga wagon jack, and the earliest lawn mower ever.’
    • ‘What you need is a smaller version of the old Conestoga wagon.’
    • ‘Along the eastern seaboard of what is now the United States carting provided the most common form of transport, as the development of the Conestoga wagon attested.’


Early 18th century named after Conestoga, a town in Pennsylvania, US.